The University of California, Berkeley will be forced to admit about 3,000 fewer students than planned for fall 2022 after the state Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling limiting enrollment.
Thursday, California The Supreme Court rejected the university’s request to suspend a lower court’s decision, which required the school to limit enrollment to its 2020-2021 levels, thereby cutting the school’s next freshman class by nearly a third.
In a statement, the the university said it was “extremely discouraged” by the ruling, saying it was “devastating news for the thousands of students who worked so hard and secured a spot in our Fall 2022 class.”
The university said last month that if the decision stood, it would mean it would have to send more than 5,000 fewer offers of admission later this month in order to limit the number of registrations.
These decisions come after Save Berkeley’s Neighborhoods, a local community group, sued the school about its expansion plans, arguing that enrolling more students at UC Berkeley would negatively impact local housing prices and other environmental issues.
The university has warned of the “serious financial consequences” that come with declining enrollment, estimating losses of $57 million in tuition, which would affect the amount of financial aid and other “services essential students” that it can provide to students. The school also noted that limiting enrollment to its 2020-21 levels – at the height of the coronavirus pandemic – means freezing enrollment at an “abnormally low” rate of around 42,000 undergraduate and graduate students. superiors.
In one contestation On Thursday, Judge Goodwin Liu, joined by Judge Joshua Groban, criticized the decision of their colleagues to authorize a cap on college enrollment, saying thousands of students would face an “acute loss” of “the opportunity to attend one of the best universities in our state.”
“That’s not even to mention the contributions of leadership, innovation, and service that our state and society at large could lose if thousands of students were to defer or forgo attending UC Berkeley,” they said. wrote the judges, adding that the university would lose millions. in tuition “will undermine California’s interests in expanding access to education.”
In response to the decision, the school said it was “engaged with heads of state to identify possible legislative solutions” to this enrollment limit.